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Laura Hickman was born in Milford, Delaware and grew up in various houses on Fifth Street in Bethany Beach, Delaware. She was profoundly influenced by her life at the beach which is evident in her later artwork from the town and area.

Laura attended the local public schools, and then attended Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, graduating with a B.A. in Art. During her Junior year, she was fortunate to attend a studies abroad program with Trinity College (Connecticut) in Rome, Italy. This was a major influence in her life , which again, showed up later in her works from Italy

Laura attended graduate school and received an M.F.A. from the University of Delaware in Printmaking and Painting and Drawing. She taught for several years at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and then at The Savannah College of Art and Design. Her hometown beckoned for her return in 1988, when she realized her dream of becoming a full-time artist.

Working on paper that she paints black, she has created over a thousand pastel drawings based on her environment. She prefers to be a studio artist, so she works from thousands of photographs that she has collected over the years from her beloved hometown and her travels in Italy. Her works have been bought by private collectors and many corporate collections, and she has shown her work in galleries up and down the East Coast and in Germany. She has won numerous awards and was bestowed with the prestigious Outstanding Alumnae Award from the University of Delaware and the Arts and Humanities Award from Delaware Technical and Community College.

Now with Laura’s new Gallery and studio, she is happy to be recording the world around her, knowing that it has become a documentation of the changes that are happening to her hometown. Her work has always been about the places she loves and will continue to be collected by those who appreciate those places as well.




EDUCATION

1979
University of Delaware, Newark DE, MFA
1975
Hood College, Frederick MD, BA in studio arts
1974
Trinity College, CT, Rome Italy Campus



EXHIBITIONS

2014
“Guest Artist”  Ocean City Art League, Ocean City Center for the Arts, Ocean City, MD
2013
“Three Views”  The Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE
“A Moment in Time” the Artists Exchange, Biggs Museum of Art,  Dover, DE
2012
“Four Pastel Artists” , Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE
2011
“Delaware by Hand Masterworks”, Biggs Museum of Art, Dover, DE
2010
“Home and Abroad” Two-Person Show, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes DE
2009
Artists Exchange Group Show, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes DE
Artists Exchange Group Show, Philip Morton Gallery, Rehoboth Beach DE
“An Evening of the Arts”, Vice-President Biden’s Official Residence, Washington DC
(Three pastels on loan to their collection.)
2008
Impressions, Four-Person Show, The Gallery on Central Avenue, Ocean View DE
Artists Exchange Group Show, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes DE
Artists Exchange Group Show, Bishops Stock Gallery, Snow Hill MD
2007
3 Views, Rehoboth Art League’s Homestead
2006
Two-Person Show, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes DE
Three-person Show, Circle Gallery, Annapolis MD
2005
One-Person Show, Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown DE
Artists Exchange Group Show, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes DE
2004
One-Person Show, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes DE
2003
Artists Exchange Group Show, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes DE
2002
One-Person Show, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes DE
2001
One-Person Show, Station Gallery, Bethany Beach  DE
2000
One-Person Show, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia PA
1999
One-Person Show, Station Gallery, Wilmington DE
One-Person Show, Rosemarie Jager Gallerie, Kelterhaus, Hochheim, Germany
1998
One-Person Show, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia PA
Group Show, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes DE
Featured Artist, Back Porch Café, Rehoboth Beach DE
Featured Artist, The University Club, Washington DC
1997
One-Person Show, Hodson Gallery, Hood College, Frederick MD
Invitational Exhibition, Easton Academy of Fine Arts
1996
One-Person Show, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia PA
“Landscapes” at Balcony Gallery, Berlin MD
One-Person Show, Station Gallery, Wilmington DE
1995
Group Show, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia PA
“Landscapes and Streetscapes” at Balcony Gallery, Berlin MD
Coconut Groves Arts Festival, Miami FL
1994
1994  One-Person Show, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia PA
Four-Person Show, Hood College, Frederick MD
Artists of Delmarva, Salisbury State University, Salisbury MD
1993
Five-Person Show, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia PA
Aspects of Architecture, Salisbury State University, Salisbury MD
1992
One-Person Show, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia PA
One-Person Show, Galerie Rosemarie Jager, Hochheim, Germany
Featured Artist, The Back Porch Café, Rehoboth Beach DE
1990
One-Person Show, The Station Gallery, Greenville DE
“Effects of Light” One-Person Show, Salisbury State University, Salisbury MD
55th Annual National Art Competition, Cooperstown Art Assn., Cooperstown NY
52nd Member’s Exhibition, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach DE
Two-Person Show, Kings Wines and Spirits, Wilmington DE (organized by Station Gallery)
1989
“Inland Bays Art Exhibit” sponsored by Delaware Department of Natural Resources
and Environmental Control, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth DE
Sussex County Arts Council Members Show, Georgetown DE
51st Annual Members Fine Arts Exhibit, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth DE
One-Person Show, The Station Gallery, Greenville DE
“The New Landscape” at Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts
1988
50th Members Exhibition, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach DE
1987
Three-Person Show, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
1986
Three-Person Show, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts


AWARDS

2005
Arts and Humanities Award, Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown
1999
Sarah Ethel Tunnell Award, RAL Membership Show
1996
Best in Show, Rehoboth Art League Members Show
1994
University of Delaware Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement
1989
Best in Show, Sussex County Arts Council, Georgetown DE
1988
Best in Show, Rehoboth Art League Members Show
1985
Best in Show, Sussex County Arts Council
1984
Purchase Award, Delaware Division of Libraries
1980
Purchase Award, 64th Annual Exhibition,  Delaware Art Museum


COLLECTIONS

The DuPont Company, Inc.
Wilmington Trust Company
Johnson and Higgins
Porter Management
Hood College
Himont, Inc.
Zeneca Securities
Bank of Delaware
Salisbury State University
Atlantic General Hospital
The Washington Consulting Group
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
The University Club, Washington DC
Vice-President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, Naval Observatory Vice-Presidential Home, Washington, DC


RELATED ACTIVITIES

2011- Present
Partner with Gallery One, Ocean View, DE
2003-2006
Partnered with her sisters at “La Dolce Vita”
1987-1989 
Professor of Art, Savannah College of Art Design, Savannah GA
1984-1986
Trustee and Instructor, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach DE
1979-1980
Lecturer/Instructor, University of Maryland Eastern Shore,  Princess Anne MD

          

PREVIEW – PUBLICATIONS

Coastal Style Magazine, October 2013  “Best Artist in Sussex County (DE)
Chesapeake Life Magazine, August 2009:   “Days Gone By”  Kessler Burnett
Delaware Beach Life Magazine, July 2002:  “Simply Inspired”  Tim Fisher
American Artist Magazine, July 2001:  “Drawing Light from Darkness”  Steve Whitney
Daily Local News, April 1999:  “Pastel Views of Summer”  John Chambless
Rein-Main Presse, July 1992:   “Violette Kreideschinchten” Laura Hickman Bilder
“Realismus in Zarten Farben”  Viktoria Datt
Delaware Today Magazine, July 1992:  “Best of Delaware”
News Journal, Aug. 11, 1989:  “Powdery magic of pastels glow in artist’s hand”  Penelope Bass Cope
News Journal, July 2, 1989:  “Doing what comes naturally”
News Journal, January 17, 1989:   “Art show reflects various styles in landscape works”    
    

REPRESENTATION

Gallery One, Ocean View, DE

 

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